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Oct 19, 2012 5:00am EDT
am not. she said she is done with politics. cnn foreign affairs reporter elise levin is in washington with more on clinton's interview with "marie claire" magazine. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. >> i know you've talked to hillary clinton about this specifically. she said she's not running. why does she say she's quitting politics? >> reporter: well, the simple answer is that she's tired. i mean, i'm tired traveling with her. you have no idea. these last 3 1/2 years, the pace, traveling around the world, working all hours of the night is really exhausting. the traveling press corp. that is with her doesn't know how she does it. she told "marie claire" i've been on this high wire of national and international politics and leadership. it's been an experience, but i want to have my own time back. i just want to be my own person. i'm looking forward to that. i just interviewed the secretary earlier this week. she said the same thing. a lot of people are always talking about, oh, is this going to hurt -- you know, with all this stuff about the benghazi attack s
Oct 24, 2012 5:00am EDT
those e-mails, foreign affairs reporter elise labott will discuss what they say and the possible fallout joining us next half hour on "early start." >>> a former cia officer admits to a plea deal of one charge he illegally revealed the name of the covert intelligence officer. this man will serve a 30-month sentence. he also revealed the name of a different cia officer to reporters. sentencing will all happen in january. >>> the u.s. supreme court upholds a stay of excuse for a florida man convicted of killing eight people in two separate shootings. john arrow ferguson was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection last night, but his lawyer successfully filed a flurry of last-minute appeals arguing that he is mentally insane. ferguson has been on death row for 34 years now. >>> convicted serial pedophile jerry sandusky is spending his first full day in a new pennsylvania prison. the former penn state coach was transferred to the state lockup at camp hill yesterday. meantime, victim number one is revealing his side of the story. in his just-released book, "silent no more" aa
Oct 16, 2012 2:00am PDT
with secretary clinton. elise will join us next hour live. >>> at least two other drugs may be added to the list of the growing outbreak of meningitis. a pain steroid has been linked to the outbreak. 214 cases of meningitis have been reported in 15 states. 15 people have died. >> vice president joe biden will attend the funeral today for arlen specter, the former long time senator for pennsylvania who died of cancer on sunday. more than 1,000 mourners are expected to turn out for surface in philadelphia. >>> and a stunning turn of events in the monday night football game. after spotting the san diego chargers 24 first half points. denver broncos struck back to win their rival. peyton manning had three touchdown passes and threw for more than 300 yards. 35-24 victory. >> 35 unanswered points. if you had any questions about whether peyton manning still have it, this answers it. what a comeback. seven minutes after the hour. this is a case that could help put pot back on the path to legalization. coming up, when a court could decide this week about marijuana. two years ago, the pe
Oct 11, 2012 2:00am PDT
from an election. >> cnn foreign affairs reporter elise lav vitt joins us live from washington. elise, where do we go from here? >> good question, john. yesterday was something i haven't seen in my 12 years of the state department. this hearing really became politicized and a lot of people talking at the state department were upset that ambassador stephens death. there were a lot of important issues that came up at the hearing yesterday. chief among them, whether the consulate was adequately protected. let's take a listen to what the chairman, daniel issa said yesterday in response to state department claims that the consulate had an adequate amount of guards. let's take a listen. >> to start off by saying you had the correct number, and our ambassador and three other individuals dead and people in the hospital recovering because it only took moments to breach that facility somehow doesn't seem to ring true to the american people. >> so, john, of course, the state department saying, listen, even if we had extra guards, and, in fact, some of the security officers that were testi
Oct 16, 2012 6:00am PDT
cnn's elise labott she does not want to play the blame game, something that is sure toply out in tonight's president yl debate taking place at hofstra university ong long identity. dan lothian is there right now. i suspect that secretary clinton's comments certainly will make it easier for the president tonight. >> reporter: well, you know, what it does, it plays into what the administration, the president and the white house have been saying now over the last few days. it started toward the end of last week when the message at the briefings was that the white house was not involved and did not know about these requests for additional security in libya. of course, that was in reaction to what the vice president said during his debate, where he said that we, speaking about himself and the president, were not aware of this request. and so this is somewhat of a shield, if you will, against republican criticism that the white house, in particular, has dropped the ball when it comes to libya. a big criticism that, no doubt, will play out in this debate here tonight, carol. >> and, you
Oct 3, 2012 2:00am EDT
was not involved in writing that memo. elise, i know you have been working fast and furious on this. what was the memo, and what did it say? >> erin, what senior administration officials are telling us, they are speaking from unclassified talking parts provided by the intelligence community based on preliminary intelligence assessments, which were used in the briefing members of congress and speaking about it publicly. now, we know, as you said, there was other information reporting from our sources saying there were indications of possible terror involvement. but national security council spokesman tommy vietor says they didn't have that information and in a statement he says this was an intelligence community assessment based on the analysis of all of the available information. he goes on to say, there was no cherry picking. if it was used in the information you had at the time to make an informed judgment in good faith. and so erin, of course cherry picking means did the accusation -- did the administration use select intelligence from the talking points to make their case this w
Oct 16, 2012 7:00am EDT
from democratic congressman steve israel. he'll be joining us. cnn foreign affairs reporter elise labott is going to join us as well to talk a little bit more about her interview because it was her interview where secretary clinton said that you know the buck stopped with her that she took the blame. also special coverage of the debate tonight will begin right here on cnn. also, at 7:00 p.m. eastern. i'll be part of that coverage live. and ahead, she was the first ever female and african-american to moderate a presidential debate. we're going to chat with carole simpson about the perils and the joy of the town hall-style for candidates. also, time to get fiscal, an ode to paul ryan. i can barely get through this. went viral, believe it or not. do 22-year-olds even know what this is about? >> they don't realize it. >> this is about olivia newton-john. yes. as we go, christine is going to talk about that and what's happening in business today. >> looking for work. holiday hiring is here, folks. one company has 50,000 job openings, various parts around the country. i'm going
Oct 10, 2012 11:00am PDT
elise labott who is watching this hearing throughout the day. i have to say, i talked to congressman chaffetz yesterday, i read the letter that he and chairman issa sent going through the dates of the instances in which ieds were thrown, et cetera, saying basically the security was not there. how is the state department responding? >> well, brooke, the state department is trying to respond. we spoke to, as you said, some senior officials last night who went by a blow by blow account of the attack, both on the main compound and the annex half a mile away. basically what they're saying is no amount of security could have prevented this attack, that they were outmanned by four to one, about 40 guards. basically today, brooke, this was a really politically charged hearing. it reminded me more of kind of l.a. law and a cross examination than really trying to, you know, let the state department make their explanation, whether you believe it or not, whether you believe in the end their explanations or not, cutting off the witnesses a lot, a lot of grandstanding by some members o
Oct 10, 2012 2:00am PDT
. arwa damon, cnn, beirut. >>> our thanks to arwa for that reporting. elise lavit was on the kalas night that released the new details that released the oversight committee hearing this morning. today they are looking into the u.s. consulate in benghazi. elise, last night you learned more detail including the attackers could get into stephens safe room and set it on fire. what happened next? >> that's right, john. ambassador stephens, another gentleman shaun smith who died in there and another security officer. as smoke filled up into the room, they couldn't get out and felt the window was unsafe. they made it to a bathroom where there was another window. the regional security officer tried to get both of those gentlemen out. proper procedure is that he gets out first and then brings the two people that he's guarding, turned around and found that ambassador stephens was not there. so what happened was this officer, other officers took turns going in to this burning building, heavy smoke, wasn't able to find ambassador stephens. did find shawn smith. hours later we understand people at th
Oct 23, 2012 4:00am PDT
al qaeda's core leadership has been decimated. >> how true is that? our very own elise labott will take a look at the status of the terror network straight ahead this morning. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. alriwoah! did you get that? and...flip! yep, look at this. it takes like 20 pictures at a time. i never miss anything. isn't that awesome? uh that's really cool. you should upload these. i know, right? that is really amazing. the pictures are so clear. kevin's a handsome devil that phone does everything! search dog tricks. okay, see if we can teach him something cool. look at how lazy kevin is. kevin, get it together dude cmon, kevin take 20 pictures with burst shot on the galaxy s3. >>> morning, welcome back, everybody. you're watching "starting point." we're coming to you live this morning from boca raton in florida. it is exactly two weeks till the election. and this morning we're fact checking some of the claims that were made in that final presidential debate. let's get right to cnn
Oct 16, 2012 8:00am PDT
decisions that are made by security professionals. >> cnn foreign affairs reporter elise labott who scored that interview and spoke with the secretary of state in lima, peru joins me by telephone to talk about that interview. there is a lot of criticism right now that's being leveled at the secretary of state, elise, mostly due to the timing of this. of perhaps taking the fall so that the president can go into the debate tonight more secure that the secretary of state is suggesting it was her fault and is not barack obama's. >> well, ashleigh, i think there is some of that, but i definitely think there is also not just trying to take the heat off the white house, but to end all of the politicization of this. ambassador stevens' father, thought his death was being politicized and democrats are calling it a witch hunt. and i think what the secretary wanted to do, not only take the heat off the white house as president obama goes into this debate, but also to kind of refocus people and say, listen, you definitely need to find out what happened here. but we also need to make sure that i
Oct 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
and it was hope that everything would get better. >> let's go now to foreign affairs reporter elise labott. this was quite a heated hearing. >> it was. basically there was so much political grandstanding, don, it was really hard to get at what was really important that eric nordstrom and lieutenant colonel andy wood, the top securi support team official saying, listen, we kept talking to the state department, asking them for resources and we got the feeling that until there was an attack, we weren't going to get any resources. eric nordstrom, finishing that quote you just put up there saying, look, how thin does the ice have to be before someone falls through? a lot of charges yesterday. but a lot of interesting information coming out. >> i'm sure the state department is responding to these claims of lack of planning. what are they saying? >> they're saying that they thought the consulate had adequate security personnel for the amount of threat that was out there. when they look at some of the other attacks that were out there. what they were saying was we could not have prevented e
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
chaffetz. >> straight to the state department and cnn foreign affairs reporter elise labott. is there a sense that heads will roll when these facts come out because there seems to be a drip, drip, drip of information of what the administration first said. >> this is very politicized in this election season. first of all, the idea of whether it was preplanned or a spontaneous kind of protest that was hijacked by extremists as some administration officials were claiming. yesterday we had a conference call with senior officials from the state department that says no, this was not our conclusion. everything was quiet, in front of this diplomatic post just an hour maybe before the deadly attack where 40 armed gunman stormed the embassy. whether the administration had a political motive or whether the administration said this was our best intelligence at the time, i think that's a little bit politicized. the questions really that i think the committee wants to get at is was the consulate, was this diplomatic post adequately protected? some documents have been leaking out, some obtained by c
Oct 26, 2012 7:00am EDT
bomber at managed to get your elise four -- through at least four lairs of security. worshipers had just left the mosque and were standing outside the provincial government. many high-ranking officials and police chiefs were still inside when the blast went off. they managed to escape serious injuries. but the worst affected were afghan policeman who had been guarding the mosque and civilian or shippers who had just come out -- civilian of worshipers who had just come out from prayers. the attacker may have gotten past the checkpoints by being dressed in police uniform, because there was feared that there might be an attack in the province. the attack has been strongly condemned by president karzai. he put out a message calling on the taliban to stop the violence and join the political process and to live in peace and build afghanistan. we have also seen a reaction from nato, the international security assistance force. general john allen also putting out a message strongly condemning the attack and sending condolences and sympathy to the families affected. >> this faryab province w
Oct 16, 2012 1:00pm PDT
responsibility. she spoke bluntly with cnn's foreign affairs reporter elise labott during her current visit to peru. >> reporter: secretary clinton, thank you so much for joining cnn c cnn. i want to talk a little bit about the benghazi attack, september 1 19, the evening of this horrible day, you get a call that the consulate in benghazi was attacked and the ambassador has died. what goes through your head at that moment? >> well, elise, this was a many hour ordeal that we were all involved in. and i was deeply concerned as you would obviously assume to hear about an attack. >> on 9/11. >> on 9/11. an attack that was just overwhelming many armed men, numbers not clear, not only at our post but at our annex. and we couldn't find ambassador stevens. and we were trying desperately to figure out what had happened to him and to shaun smith and the others who were there. so it was an intense, you know, long ordeal for everybody at the state department and in libya. >> now, i know the investigation is going to play itself out. >> right. >> but in the short-term, the state department officials and di
Oct 11, 2012 11:00am EDT
republicans. i suppose the first question, elise, did we get anywhere with this hearing? achieve or learn anything? >> well, ashleigh, it's hard to see that with all the grand standing that went on yesterday and a lot of people did think that it was more about pointing fingers and trying to score points on the political trail than it was about getting answers. it kind of seemed a little bit more like "l.a. law" than it did a hearing, an investigation, but i do think there were important things that came out yesterday. namely, eric nordstrom, the top u.s. security official in libya months before the attack had asked the state department for additional security. those requests were denied. and the state department official who actually handled those requests, charlene lamb, said that she did. and i think another thing that came out that was kind of interesting is that even as the republicans were charging that there wasn't enough security at the post, democrats did make an interesting point that under the house-controlled congress, there was, under republican controlled congress, sorry, the
Oct 15, 2012 8:00pm EDT
u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. elise, you just interviewed secretary clinton. what exactly did she tell you? >> reporter: well, isha, you know there's been so much political back and forth in washington over who was responsible for the attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans and even last week in the vice presidential debate, when asked about those additional requests for security that were denied, the vice president said we didn't know anything about that, and secretary clinton when i asked her about that, she said listen, this is a state department function. the state department finds the embassy security for embassies and consulates around the world and that's my state department. i have 60,000 employees and i take responsibility, isha. i think she was trying to take a little bit of the heat off the white house at this time when an election is coming up and also trying to remind people that hey, four americans died, including an ambassador, and we need to stop this blame game. she said she doesn't want any more politica
Oct 16, 2012 1:00am EDT
. first i want to bring in cnn's foreign affairs reporter elise lavat who had the interview. this is the first time that secretary clinton talked about that night in depth, what else did she tell you? >> you're right. the first time she talked about the attack, and she talked about the harrowing night that she and other state department officials, the long hour of many hour ordeal that they went through waiting to hear if chris stevens was alive, waiting to hear if sean smith and others were alive. i think what she was trying to do is obviously take the heat off the white house in this election, everyone's talking about whether or not the president and the vice president knew about the security requests that were denied. and you heard vice president biden speaking in that debate last week saying, we didn't know. you have secretary clinton, did they throw you under the bus? that's when she says no, this is my state department, i'm responsible for the security of the department. she was also trying to take a little bit of the politicization out of this. republicans are after the democrats,
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Oct 22, 2012 3:00pm EDT
reelection she is likely to leave immediately, maybe even that day handing over her role to elise walter, a democratic commissioner, someone who is considered can do the job. if romney wins -- if romney wins, this could get more complicated. that could take a month to two months that's where she would be in this job longer, possibly staying out her term. i think her term ends with the presidential term in january. that's where she would be in the job longer. clearly she's out. she is telling people this is it. it's a matter of timing and that is on who wins. if romney wins as president, who might he appoint as sec chairman? two names come up, a commissioner, a republican commissioner currently on the commission, and travellers vice chairman william hayman, a guy that i have known for years, you know, has worked for sandy weill. it's interesting, he managed the citigroup investment portfolio. jpmorgan's investment portfolio is where the london wales situation went down. so william hayman has been around wall street for a long time. he's someone who has done a pretty good job. he's
Oct 12, 2012 5:00am PDT
elise kirschner takes a look at what's being done to make sure they are safe. >> reporter: yeah, we found local railways spend millions every year to prevent tragedy, but despite those efforts, it's still happening and there's no easy solution to stop it. >> they'll stand right in front of the train and wait for it to come. >> reporter: it's a reality of the job for those at the helm of the train. >> once you see them, there's basically nothing you can do. it's already too late. >> reporter: they're not the only ones impacted. take this caltrain crash back in may. a man walking along the rails in south san jose was hit and killed by a 200-ton train, halting service for nearly an hour. the federal railroad administration tracks accidents happening on interstate rail lines. since 2004, nearly 900 people have died in california, about a seventh of those happened in the bay area. the problem isn't just interstate rail lines. we looked at our local commuter rails. since 2004, more than 200 people have died. >> do you think that it can ever be completely prevented? >> well, i don't know t
Oct 15, 2012 8:00pm PDT
i sea food differently. >>> we have breaking news right now. elise lavat just finished an interview with secretary of state hillary clinton. and they talked about libya. elise joins me, she's on the phone from lima, peru where she's with the secretary of state. what did she say? >> erin, this is really, she gave a set of interviews to network reporters, really speaking in depth about the attack on the u.s. post in benghazi. she said the buck stops with her. there has been a lot over the last couple of days and weeks about who's responsible, who takes responsibility. you heard vice president biden in the debate say we don't know. and when i asked secretary clinton whether you know, the white house -- state department under the bus, she said listen, this is my state department. i take responsibility. security for the u.s. diplomatic post is a state department function and the vice president and president didn't know. kind of distancing the state department from the white house in this election season. she also said she didn't want to play any kind of blame game or political gotcha. sh
Oct 22, 2012 11:00am EDT
foreign affairs reporter elise labott who essentially watches that stuff every day. in the interest of time, we could spend a whole hour on all six of those -- five of those topics. let me touch on topics one, four, and five. the first one is america's role in the world. who benefits from this top snik. >> i think president obama has some very concrete successes to point to. he has killed osama bin laden in that navy s.e.a.l. raid. he has as he prommed in his campaign pledge, ended the war in iraq, got the troops out. he's ending up the war in afghanistan. so i think he's going to point to that, and there's what they call an obama doctrine, if you will, which is in this time of, you know, belt-tightening and a poor u.s. economy, getting other allies to shoulder more of the burden let's say in libya for instance when the french took the lead with u.s. support. now, i think he's a little bit going to be on the defensive in the middle east and we'll talk about that, but i think on governor romney doesn't really have a lot of experience in foreign policy, and he's tried in recent weeks
Oct 10, 2012 11:00am EDT
moments away, hoping to get some answers, but will they? our foreign affairs reporter elise labott joins me. are we getting to answers with this, or is this a political stunt to highlight something this close to the election to suggest that the government didn't know what it was doing and could have saved the lives of those men? >> well, ashleigh, it depends who you ask. if you ask democrats, it's the former. this is a political stunt to damage president obama just weeks before the election. but the republican chair of the committee, daniel issa, is saying listen, something went wrong, we need to get to the bottom of this. and indeed you're going to hear today from senior security officials that were posted in benghazi in months leading up to the attack, not on the day of the attack, posted in libya that say, look, we did send messages to the state department asking for additional security, asking for security teams that were on the ground to be extended beyond their mandate over the summer. and so these requests were apparently either denied or not responded to. and so you'll hear
Oct 19, 2012 1:00pm PDT
united states in the region. cnn foreign affairs reporter elise labott has been going through the documents. elise is joining us right now. what are you learning, elise? >> wolf, the committee on oversight on government reform released about 100 documents -- over 100 documents. one of the things you get, wolf, is really the heightened concern about the unraveling security situation in benghazi in the months leading up to the attacks. one cable from june 25th, about two weeks after the consulate was already attacked by an ied, look at the pictures of the aftermath, wolf. you can see the damage to the outside of the main building, which was really extensive. i was told by extra security personnel brought in to guard the building until it was fixed. and the cable said that the libyans believed this attack and others against westerners were the work of extremists opposed to western influence in libya. serious concerns, wolf, about this libyans' ability to protect the americans. a cable from august 8th, a month before the attack said even the head of the libyan supreme security council
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